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194                              LIFE OF
the conclusion of the unity of the human family,
whose different races are but forms of the one only
kind, which opinion other naturalists had also already
established. Languages also seemed to him as the
intellectual creations of humanity, and being allied in
their development, they bore the stamp of nationality,
and have, therefore, become important, as means to
recognise the similarity and the variety of human
races. Language is to him a part of the science of the
mind; a sphere surrounding humanity, as a spiritual
chain, but here with mankind, he fixes the boundaries
of his sketch of nature, which he will not exceed.